Have they earned it ?
The Bush Administration ramped up its offensive against critics of its latest plan for the war in Iraq. The leader of attack dogs, Vice President Cheney
, came out with harsh words. He is good at that -- harsh words and in painting doomsday scenarios if we raise questions about the war that they got us into. Step back a little. As reported in CNN
, this is the same man who on May 31, 2005, said: "...... "The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."
On that day, dealth toll for American soldiers stood at 1070. The current number is 3064 (Source: Iraq Coalition Casualties)
; 1994 soldiers lost their lives since the vice president's statement. The man who took five deferments during the Vietnam war drools about Iraq. The warmongers are ignoring the fact that the majority of Americans no longer believes in their war.
Calvin Trillin in The Nation June 16, 2005:
When rockets fly and battle smoke is thick,It's good to hear from "Four Deferments Dick."He's always sure. He knows what warfare is--Enough to know it's not for him or his.Insurgents somehow, though they're in the throes,Kill more GIs--but no one Cheney knows.
The "War President"
As the late C.E. Montague, British soldier, author, journalist, said: "War hath no fury like a noncombatant".
President Bush, July 2, 2003: "Bring Them On" (2857 soldiers have died since then).
President Bush, Feb.8, 2004, NBC Meet the Press
: "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign-policy matters with war on my mind.
Again, I wish it wasn't true, but it is true. And the American people need to know they got a president who sees the world the way it is.